What a beautiful story in today’s Gospel reading from Luke 7. Jesus comes across a funeral procession. The dead man is the only son of a widow. Jesus, moved with pity for the woman, stops the procession and raises the young man from the dead. Imagine the joy of that mother! This always reminds me that, no matter how far our children may stray, Jesus can always bring them back.
Our first reading today is from 1 Corinthians 12. In this chapter, St. Paul talks about the Body of Christ, referring to the Body of believers. “Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.” He then goes on to talk about the different ministries within the Church. I like to think of them as jobs. Every person has been given a very special and unique gift from God, to be used in service to the Body of Christ. St. Paul mentions Apostles, prophets, teachers. He then lists the gifts of healing, assistance, administration, etc.
Just as in the Church at Corinth, the same situation is true today. YOU have been given a great gift. One that no one else in the Kingdom has. Are you using that gift in the service of the Lord? If not, why? I believe that God desires us, indeed expects us to use our gifts in His service. If you’re not sure that you’ve “found” your gift yet, keep trying! God will show you exactly the right way that He wants you to use your gifts for the benefit of all. I promise you this – you’ll never undertake a more exciting journey!
Father, show us how you desire us to use our gifts for the Kingdom. May we be always willing to serve you. Amen.
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